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People

While most people are not aware of the many and varied employment opportunities found along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System, thousands of American and Canadian citizens are engaged in interesting and important jobs for the marine industry.

There is no better way to find out what life is really like on a ship or at a port than from the people who do the jobs. Each person has a different story, a different career path, and a different day-to-day life on the Lakes.

These profiles provide an inside look at the varied careers found on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway.


Robert Day

Robert DayAfter becoming a casualty of outsourcing in the technology sector a number of times, 37-year-old Robert Day was...
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Paige Jehnke

Paige JehnkeLife has a way of helping you find your path. Paige Jehnke planned to obtain a degree in art history...
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Peter Berry

Peter BerryA former law enforcement officer, it was a natural transition for Peter Berry to become the “eyes and ears” of the Port of Windsor three years ago.
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Cindy Martin

Cindy MartinAs Chief Engineer, Cindy Martin is responsible for all the machinery and systems on the Algoeast tanker vessel.
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Dennis M. "Doc" Mahoney

Dennis M. "Doc" MahoneyThe old adage “Do what you love; love what you do” certainly applies to the career of Dennis “Doc” Mahoney.
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Dan Gallagher

Dan GallagherA love of the water is in Dan Gallagher’s blood. A grandfather, uncle and brother served as captains on Great Lakes vessels.
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Simon Lebrun

Lebrun.jpgAt age 36, Simon Lebrun has already found his dream career. He captains a wide variety of commercial ships without ever having to leave the City of Montreal for more than 12 hours.
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Ed Thorne

ed.jpgUnion life is in Ed Thorne’s blood. His father was a steward for the storied ILA at the Port of Cleveland, and Thorne began his career on the docks right out of high school.
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Joe Ruch

Joe-Ruch2.jpgAs a boy growing up in Detroit, Joe Ruch remembers always seeing the ships out on the water
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Michel Lavoie

lavoie.jpgBorn and raised in Les Mechins, Quebec, Michel Lavoie has been immersed in the shipping industry since he was a small child.
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Joe Kraft

Joe-Kraft-3.jpgPlanning, preparing and cleaning up after three square meals a day for 17 people would be a daunting task for most, but Joe Kraft takes it all in stride.
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Valerie Cordemans

Cordemans.JPGFew jobs present the opportunity to work with people from all parts of the world. But when working for an international shipping company like Montreal-based Fednav Group, it is a daily occurrence.
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David Casey

David Casey photo.jpgWhen looking for a job, sometimes it is what you know; sometimes it is who you know. In David Casey’s situation, it was a little of both.
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Peter Burgess

Burgess2.jpgIf the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation had a sheriff, Peter Burgess would be it.
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Marilyn Baxter

Baxter.JPGFor most of her life, Marilyn Baxter has spent her summers racing 15-foot dinghies in Hamilton Harbor.
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Reverend Tom Anderson

Tom-Anderson-3.jpgAs a pastor for 24 years, Tom Anderson was adept at addressing the spiritual and temporal needs of his congregation.
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